WORKSHOPS & SPECIALTY CLASSES
Yoga & Hypermobility
Keys to a Safe & Supportive Practice
Fall date: TBA
12-3 :: Workshop for Practitioners, Teachers & Teachers in Training :: $40
3-5 :: Teacher Intensive (plus workshop) :: $75
@Anahata Yoga &Wellness Center, Harleysville
Many of us practice yoga to improve our flexibility. But what if you, or some of your students, are already very flexible? Hypermobility – or laxity in the connective tissues of the body – can enable us to find deep bends and twists, but for our yoga practice to be safe and supportive, we need to be very mindful of how we practice to avoid pain and injury. This workshop will cover:
- The spectrum of hypermobility and its symptoms
- How to recognize hypermobility in yourself and others
- Principles for practicing safely with hypermobility (including hatha, vinyasa, and yin styles)
- Hands-on practice of key poses for strength and stability and how to modify a range of poses
The teachers’ intensive will include:
- Tips on instruction, modifications, and therapeutic considerations for co-morbidities and complications
Please note that I am not a medical practitioner and this workshop is not a substitute for a professional medical diagnosis. If you have been diagnosed with Hypermobility Spectrum Disorders or Hypermobile Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome or if you frequently sublux and/or dislocate, please be cleared by your doctor or physical therapist before registering.
Seasonal Yin Workshops
Embody the energy of the season with an extended Yin practice offered five times throughout the year.
Summer Session: TBA @ Anahata, Harleysville
The season of renewal and rebirth, spring invites us to awaken to possibility and the power of our intentions. In this special two-hour Yin workshop, we’ll nourish the liver and gall bladder meridians to encourage the harmonious flow of energy throughout the body. Known as “the general,” liver energy governs growth and development and our inner drive and ambitions. Our practice will help create an overall sense of ease as we let go of anger, cultivate compassion, and move forward confidently to fulfill our dreams. Supporting mudras and mantras will complete our practice.
Yin yoga is a quiet, meditative practice of passive postures held for several minutes to release tension, promote flexibility, and balance the busy-ness of daily life. By appropriately stressing the joints and nourishing the connective tissues of the body, Yin yoga helps increase the body’s natural range of motion and release “stuck” energy. And by cultivating stillness and surrender, Yin strengthens our capacity for awareness, presence, and inner peace.
This workshop is suitable for all levels.
Mudras: Power in Your Hands
Next Session: TBA
We use our hands to touch and feel, to work and play, to express ourselves and interact with the world. Through the art and science of mudras, we can also use our hands to channel energy in our bodies for physical and emotional healing and support. Easy and effective, mudras are powerful and practical, and most can be done anywhere, any time.
In this hands-on (of course!) workshop, you’ll learn how mudras work and practice a variety of mudras to experience shifts in energy. We’ll pay particular attention to mudras that can help manage mood and address specific challenges physical and emotional challenges. Movement, breathing patterns, and mantras can enhance certain mudras and will be included in our practice. You’ll receive handouts but are welcome to bring a journal for notes.
A Primer for Yoga Teachers
Saturday, March 17 :: 1:00-5:00
Dragonfly Yoga & Massage, Doylestown, PA
Yoga can be a powerful healing tool for survivors of trauma. But the very practice of yoga can unintentionally re-traumatize survivors, triggering powerful memories, sensations and emotions.
A trauma-informed approach to teaching can help ensure that all of your students feel safe and experience yoga as an empowering, healing practice. In this workshop, you’ll learn:
- How trauma affects the body
- How yoga can help survivors heal from trauma
- Evidence-based principles of trauma-sensitive teaching
- Concrete, practical ways to integrate trauma-sensitive teaching principles into your classes
You’ll also be guided through a model trauma-sensitive practice and leave with multiple resources to put your knowledge into practice.
Please bring a mat and notebook. Register here.
Friday, Dec. 29 :: 6:30-8:00 @ Anahata Yoga & Wellness Center
Relax and recharge for the New Year with our unique YogaPuncture experience. We combine yoga and acupuncture to help your body restore balance so it an heal itself naturally. We'll begin with a short introduction to the meridians and energy flow in yoga and acupuncture. You'll then enjoy an all-levels Yin/Yang flow to enliven the chi or prana in your body and help release stuck energy. With the blood flowing and energy channels open, you'll settle into savasana and receive an ear acupuncture treatment to help you slip into a 30-minute period of deep, rejuvenating rest.
No yoga or acupuncture experience necessary. Please let practitioners know if you have any medical conditions prior to the start of class.
Acupuncturist: Suzanne Kaczor, M.Ac., Dipl. Ac. (NCCAOM), Indian Valley Acupuncture
"I want to thank you both for the special experience you
offered last night. I see so many people benefiting from
this inspired combination-it's very healing. This class is
- Kathy T., YogaPuncture participant